Pumpkin Banana Muffins

Pumpkin Banana Muffins

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The other day my daycare kids and I dug apart two pie pumpkins.  After a quick session of exploration I needed to use up the flesh for something, hence muffins.  Cooking a pumpkin is actually quite easy, I used to feel it must be a lot of work and so I would purchase canned, but its really nice to do it yourself.

Peel and de seed the pumpkin, whichever order is easiest for you.  I usually cut the pumpkin open, remove the seeds, cut it into manageable chunks and then peel.  Put the pumpkin in a steamer and steam till soft, very much like boiling potatoes.  Once soft you can mash them or puree in the blender with a bit of the liquid from the pot.

At this point I usually split it into portions and freeze some for later use.  They add moisture and vitamins to any bread like recipe, my girls love pumpkin pancakes but this time we tried a new muffin.

The recipe is very easy, here it it

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup oats (i usually use whole oats but used 1 minute this time)
  • 2-3 tbl maple syrup
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 olive oil
  • 2 mashed bananas (can use 3/4cup berries instead but may need to add some yogurt)
  • handful of raisins (dates and seeds would be nice too)

mix the dry ingredients together, in another bowl mix the wet and then combine with the wet ingredients

bake at 400 for 20 mins, I usually check on things a few minutes early just in case

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The result is a very moist, nutritious muffin.  It doesn’t taste like pumpkin more like banana oatmeal in muffin form.  It makes a great snack or breakfast on the run, enjoy!!

 

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